replica

noun rep·li·ca \ ˈre-pli-kə \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist
  • a replica of this was painted … this year
  • —Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details
  • DNA makes a replica of itself
  • sailed a replica of the Viking ship
; broadly : copy
  • this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb
  • —G. F. Kennan

Examples of replica in a Sentence

  1. We toured a replica of the ship.

  2. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.

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Origin and Etymology of replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

Synonym Discussion of replica

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing.
    • reproductions from the museum's furniture collection
duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing.
    • a duplicate of a house key
copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically.
    • printed 1000 copies of the lithograph
facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale.
    • a facsimile of a rare book
replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details
    • a replica of the Mayflower
but not always in the same scale.
    • miniature replicas of classic cars

REPLICA Defined for English Language Learners

replica

noun

Definition of replica for English Language Learners

  • : an exact or very close copy of something


REPLICA Defined for Kids

replica

noun rep·li·ca \ ˈre-pli-kə \

Definition of replica for Students

: a very exact copy


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